watchOS 6 will allows to delete many built-in apps

Apple WatchesIn our iPhones and iPads, there are many built-in apps. Not so many as in Android, especially if manufacturer or mobile carrier pre-installed many of their apps. Some apps in Android devices couldn’t be removed by classic way, you had to root your device. In the past, in Apple’s iPhones and iPads, there were some pre-installed apps, which were undeletable. After years, we got option to get rid of many built-in apps without needing a jailbreak. And something like this is comming to your Apple Watches with upcoming watchOS 6.

Some apps were already deletable, like Calendar, Weather or Stocks. You had to remove them from your paired iPhone and then they got removed from your Apple Watch too. But some watchOS apps lack an iOS counterpart, like Timer and Radio, so they were undeletable. With upcoming watchOS 6, you will be able to directly delete many apps from the Apple Watch, without needing an iPhone, just by pressing and holding to enter so-called “wiggle mode” and then tapping the “X” button that appears above an app icon. Easy.

Apps, that should be deletable, include Alarm, Timer, Stopwatch, Remote, Camera Remote, Radio, Walkie-Talkie, ECG, Breathe, Noise, Cycle Tracking, and others. But some core apps, like Heart Rate and Messages, won’t be deletable.

This feature was spotted in the second developer beta of watchOS 6. I don’t own Apple Watches, but I’m glad that Apple will allows to delete built-in apps, so you can to enjoy more storage space or to reduce mess if you are using many 3rd party replacements of Apple’s built-in apps.


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